Horsman back as Cowichan Caps’ captain

Kyle Horsman will return as the Cowichan Valley Capitals captain for the 2014/15 B.C. Hockey League season, with three capable alternates rounding out the leadership group.

"I’m very happy to be back as captain for a second year with the Capitals," said Horsman, who will be helped by alternate captains Jesse Neher, Rylan Bechtel and Thomas Gobeil. "I feel like I’ve learned a lot from my first season and there’s a great support system with our alternates. It’s a good feeling to know other guys who don’t have a letter on their jersey aren’t afraid to step up and be a leader as well."

Horsman, 20, has played 104 of his 144 BCHL games with the Caps, scoring 21 goals and 19

assists over that span. Neher, also 20, has played 171 BCHL games, including 89 with Cowichan, and has 16 goals and 20 assists as a Capital.

Bechtel, 19, is the lone returning defenceman from last season, and has played 111 games in a Cowichan uniform, with two goals and 25 assists. Gobeil, 20, comes to the Capitals after playing the last three seasons in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, and impressed fans in the preseason with his combination of skill and willingness to mix things up.

"We’re very pleased with our group of captains; this is an extremely strong leadership group," head coach Bob Beatty said. "Our team has good chemistry with great veteran support and leadership among players both with and without letters on their jerseys."